A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It sends positive messages about feeling comfortable with your own body and how having attitude and confidence is beautiful. It also contains some sweeping generalizations about the African-American and white communities.
Positive Role Models
The women are blunt, but their intentions are good and they mean to be constructive.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
There's lots of discussion about looking sexy. References such as "smoking hot" and comments about street walkers are audible. The appeal of "booty" to certain communities vs. others is discussed. The show also contains subtle innuendo such as "getting your groove on" with a romantic partner.
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Words such as "hell" audible. References used to define the African-American community and the white community, such as "chocolate men" and "basic white women," are used.
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Products & Purchases
Sometimes brands such as Ugg are discussed, but labels aren't prominently featured.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cocktails are consumed; wine and champagne are discussed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Girlfriend Intervention is a makeover reality show that contains positive messages about having self-confidence and being comfortable with your body but that also relies on stereotypes about the African-American and white communities to highlight some of these points. The language is pretty mild ("hell"), but there is some innuendo and social drinking. Older tweens might be able to handle it, but it's really meant for older viewers.
Is It Any Good?
From helping women find clothes that positively accentuate their body types to encouraging women to be honest about how they feel about themselves and why, the cast highlights how important it is for women of all shapes and sizes to be comfortable with their bodies despite the fact that mainstream fashion and culture usually celebrates unrealistic body types. They also underscore how necessary it is for women to take the time to take care of themselves, regardless of how hectic their lives are.
The cast makes stereotypical generalizations to celebrate a confident and positive self-image they believe African-American women have, and they emphasize how empowering this self-assurance can be for all women. The approach may be misguided, but ultimately, the show sends the universal message that no matter who you are, true beauty is about having self-confidence and not about your dress size.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.